…but only when it needs to be. A mere 13.5 months after the 35W bridge sank into the Mississippi river in Minneapolis, claiming 13 lives and raising much discussion (engineering and otherwise) about the causes and realities of maintenance, the new bridge is about to open in Minneapolis, a full three months ahead of schedule. The debris of the old bridge was not even removed last year when I was in town late August for the State Fair, but the new bridge is already in place. The construction crew had a financial incentive to open the bridge early, and they have come through. It makes you wonder, however, why the rest of projects going on in an average construction year can take so long. The crosstown project? Need not be dragging out for all of this time. You need something done fast? Show me the money!